Medal hope Lawrence Okoye bowed out of the Men’s Discus final last night after recording three throws well below his best.

The 20-year-old from Croydon, who holds the British record of 68.24m, was only able to throw 61.03m in the pouring rain at Stratford last night.

Had the former rugby player, who only took up the sport two years ago, managed to replicate the form which saw him take the British record, he would have taken silver behind veteran German thrower Robert Harding.

Reflecting on his performance the former Whitgift School pupil, who deferred a place at Oxford University to focus on his athletics career, tweeted last night “I’ve read all your messages, thanks so much. All I can say is that I’m in shock. I’m in a horrible mood now but will brighten up eventually.”

Okoye came under pressure in the morning qualification round, leaving it to his final throw to qualify, throwing 65.28m and raising hopes of a Team GB medal.

But it was not to be as he came 12th in the final.

Croydon runners James Ellington and James Dasaolu are expected to feature later this week in the 4x100 metres relay on Friday while Martyn Rooney will be in the men’s 4x400m relay on Saturday.